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the lead at the pentagon from leon pennetta, who offered some parting thoughts during the announcement. take a listen. >> the time has come for me to return to my wife, sylvia, our three sons, their families, our six grandchildren and my walnut farm. dealing with a different set of nuts. [ laughter ] >> i guess when you're out-going, mark halperin, you can do that. >> look, he's a funny guy and he survived in washington in public service for 50 years in the military in executive branch and congress being not just serious and smart and dedicated but a really funny and nice guy. incredible story. i was glad to see amist thedst announcement of the new nominees he got his ceremony and i'm sure there will be more in the next couple of weeks. >> a vietnam soldier and veteran has been nominated as the next secretary of defense and the president emphasized hagel's government service and personal connection to the organization he's now been nominated to run. >> chuck represents the bipartisan tradition we need more of in washington. for his independence and commitment to consensus, he's earned
setled on chuck hagel to lead the pentagon. it comes despite many indications that he would face rocky confirmation hearing. he has a history of blunted statements including a reference to, quote. jewish lobby as an intimidating force on capitol hill that would draw scrutiny. once more he has at times resisted sanctions against iran for its nuclear program and balked efforts to designate hezbollah as a terrorist group. >> i have serious reservations on some of his statements in the past. >> reporter: supporters say his infantry service where he was awarded two purple hearts make it superbly qualified. a group wrote to obama to throw his support behind hagel that enjoys the backing that one opinion that matters most. >> he is patriot and he has done extraordinary work. somebody that has served this country with valor in vietnam. somebody who is currently serving on my intelligence advisory board. >> reporter: the white house said no decision has been made on the top pentagon spotted. >> jamie: what kind of confirmation are we in for if the president does nominate him? assistant to vice
the department at the pentagon. a number of republicans have had issues with hagel. he has reportedly erected talks with hamas, some say he is not pro- israel enough. it has a number of republicans lined up against him in opposition. >> he has long severed ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what is management experience is regarding the pentagon. i think it is an incredibly controversial choice. rich: this sets up a big fight in the u.s. senate. this at a time when those automatic defense cuts have been delayed for two months and that fiscal cliff deal. there are major questions in washington on defense spending going forward. this is a pretty timely opponent or appointment for the president when you consider all that is going on with not only the federal budget, but the defense budget. connell: thank you, rich edson. dagen: let's bring in matt welch. how do these nominations play into, again, the defense cuts that are on tap and other cuts that are on hand? >> first of all, happy birthday. congratulations on being able to drink.
with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for the troops. i think president karzai understands that. >> we understand that the issue is specific importance for the united states. >> the quid pro quo is karzai will return to afghanistan with the promise that the afghan prisons will return to afghan sovereignty and pull out of the afghan vil lanels this spring. president diverted attention from those asking whether 11 years of war were worth it. who helped repel large
's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old comment about a diplomat being a
pentagon correspondent chris lawrence has that story. >> reporter: it's a new frontier for female sailors. submerged for months, no sun, no space, no sleep. lieutenant marvek one of the first women to qualify for submarine duty. everything you expected? >> i got a lot less sleep than i imagined i would. >> reporter: we met her a few years ago when she went by her maiden name, reid. she was a cadet at the naval academy when the pentagon opened subduty to women. >> at the time, i was flying. i was a pilot. selected to be a pilot after graduation. >> reporter: she decided her future was under the water, not soaring above it. she wasn't afraid of breaking a barrier. >> i see us just being like our male counterparts and i think we'll be accepted the same way. >> reporter: we reminded her of what she said then and read some of the reaction from fellow and former sailors. way to go. welcome to the pride of the fleet. wear those gold dolphins proudly. also, this is about giving feminists what they want. glad i got my dolphins pinned on and keep the eye candy upwardly mobile. >> there's always goi
lawmakers on both sides of the aisles are already attacking the president's choice to head the pentagon. abc's david kerley reports from the white house. >> reporter: as the president returned from hawaii, senior officials tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: republicans raised red flags continuing a campaign against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on afghanistan, that we, quote, went well beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq. saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it is carried out. >> reporter: but a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel.
in afghanistan. >> the pentagon said thousands of troops may be needed beyond 2014 to contain al qaeda who currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflicts. >> i hope so. i think both are vietnam vets and wounded in action. they have a very realistic view on the limitations of military power. this is going to be important. president obama is not going to get much out of karzai from a strictly military perspective and maybe 30,000 troops is the right answer for air power and counter terrorism and intelligence support in afghanistan. i don't think that's going t
would suggest we have gone too far. >> while we typically talk about the pentagon as -- and it's relationship to private industry is going out and buying goods. we have had this discussion here whether it should by ground combat vehicles or keep that on base. the reality is that we are moving to where the pentagon spends more on buying services rather than buying goods. it is not paying people to go make things. it is making in terms of the hours they are billing. the answer to what extent is it we have not seen the kind of savings that have been promised in the study before 1hand. the savings have been political cost savings where you keep your deployed numbers down even though the overall number of people are roughly the same. what is appropriate for contractors? navy some roles that are appropriate to turn over to contractors and others are not we have been willy-nilly about. once you figure it out, then developing good management structure so you get the best price. you have competition. you can say, they have done a terrible job. it comes back to how the contracts have bee
presented. three levels of troop levels, the pentagon offered three alternatives and ben rhodes this week actually commented on the number saying the number could possibly be zero. what more recommendations is the president waiting for? >> you'll notice on the full screen we saw that john allen is talking about numbers in the range of six to about 20,000, so the president is talking about in the range of 3,000 to 9,000. that's a big, big gap and that translates into a big difference in the kind of forced posture we have in afghanistan. if you have somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 to 9,000 troops, that really translates into having troops on two different bases. and those bases are likely to be very far away from the provinces in the eastern part of afghanistan where the thick of the fighting happens. the whole premise of our presence in afghanistan we're going to help the afghan forces be able to stand up and prevent a taliban takeover. the problem is that if we're not embedded with those afghan forces, we're going to see a big flare-up of civil war in that country again. now, that
. u.s. troops are now to shift to a support role this spring. months earlier than the pentagon originally predicted. the president made that announcement after meeting with his counterpart from afghanistan. harmid karzai at the white house. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting, afghan forces. it will be historic moment. >> most of the 66,000 combat troops in afghanistan are set to leave at the end of next year. the president says he has not yet decided whether to speed up that down draw or how many american force also stay around after 2014. this week at the white house said it would consider leaving zero ground troops behind but that was largely seen as a negotiating employee with the afghans. the president is keeping the option on the table, probably for that reason. jennifer griffin at the pentagon. is he also promising the afghans a strategic partisanship, what's -- partnership. >> the strategic partnership how many troops can say post 2014. the real question is whether they be given immunity. that whole zero optio
, the pentagon is a huge organization. check. hagel cofounded a company called van guard cellular systems which made him a multimillionaire. and knowing how to get things done in washington. check on that. hagel served two terms as a u.s. senator from nebraska and served as deputy administrator of the veterans administration. plus he's a republican nominated by a democrat, so it sounds pretty perfect, right? today, president obama told the nation why he loved chuck hagel. >> in the senate, i came to admire his courage and his judgment, his willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular. even if it defied the conventional wisdom. >> his willingness to speak his mind, no, is part of what's getting him in trouble with members of both parties. there's a long and detailed record, framor example, on what thinks about iran. "outfront," george wilson. all right, i want to start with both of you, and david, i want to start with issue number one, israel. he has been criticized, chuck hagel, that is, for using the term jewish lobbyist. this is what he said, quote, the political reality is the je
meet and greet help ward off the threat of defeat for his nomination to run the pentagon? and three is a magic number. it' it's the "the daily rundown"'s third anniversary. some surprises along the way. good morning from washington. it's friday, january 11th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown," i'm chuck todd. boy, three years? a different part, huh? let's get to my first reads of the morning. vice president biden will present his recommendations on gun violence to the president tuesday. white house officials say an assault weapons ban will still be an element of whatever final package is proposed, despite reporting to the contrary this morning. and while in a 15-minute statement for cameras yesterday, biden emphasized an emerging consensus around a set of what he called gun safety proposals. he did not mention the assault weapons ban idea once. >> there is a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggests that we have universal background checks. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines. the whole question of the abil
a campus shooting. >>> now the pentagon believes some u.s. troops need to stay to keep an eye on al qaeda. president barack obama meets with ahmed wali karzai at the white house on friday. >>> the venezuela lend -- venezuela president hugo chavez is recovering from surgery. he was scheduled to be sworn in but venezuela president hugo chavez will have to be sworn in at a later date as he recovers following cancer surgery. this violates venezuela's constitution. >>> they are looking to join or block a lawsuit. they received $122 billion bailout and now former aig executives is suing the government saying the bailout deal was unfamiliar to share holders. some compare it to being a day of and being sued for saving the life of a patient. >>> it is the second incident with a boeing 747 in two days. that is after it leaked fuel and they will not look into the leak calling a maintenance issue not an accident but they are looking into a fire that happened the day before. >>> let's they can in with sal, are you keeping an eye out, and of the lanes you can see golden gate is helping out with that an
that leads then to the elimination of osama bin laden, but that is not the case. >> the cia and pentagon cooperate with filmmakers, and investigators want to look at those interactions to see if the filmmakers had any inappropriate access to sensitive information. >> idaho republican senator michael crapo apologize today after pleading guilty to drunk driving in alexandria, va. >> i regret the decision i made because the serious consequences can come from drinking and driving. i am truly grateful nobody was injured. >> prosecutors dropped the charge for failing to of a traffic signal. he was pulled over december 23 for running a red light with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit. today he was given a $250 fine his license suspended one year, and the most complete and alcohol safety program. >> funeral services in woodbridge for prince william county police officer who died in the line of duty. officer chris yung was killed monday when his motorcycle collided with a minivan in bristow while he was responding to an accident when he was killed. he was a seven-year veteran of the fo
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cautioned that no decision was made on the top pentagon spot. but two senior aides said that chuck hagel two term gop senator from nebraska is likely to be nominated. a maverick who opposed the surge in iraq and toureded middle east with cabbed dat obama. gop senator marko rubio may block the nomination unless hagel with draws the opposition of the trade embargo to cuba. they depressed concern about his remarks that veteran mideast diplomat aaron miller. the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here on capitol hill hagel said i am not a israeli senator, i am a
best for our country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of our citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. thank you very much. >> thank you for your very kind remarks and the trust you placed in me when asked me to be acting director twice. i have the honor of knowing and working with john brennan for the last 20 years. we have worked particularly closely the last three years. john brennan is an intelligence professional with deep experience in our business. and public servants with extraordinary dedication. a man of deep integrity. with senate confirmation i know he will be in all standing director of the central intelligence agency. john started his career at the cia and spent nearly a quarter century. this is a homecoming. on behalf of the talented and dedicated men and women of cia, it is my deep honor to say "welcome home." >> mr. president, it is a tremendous honor to be nominated to be the director of the central intelligence agency. the women and men of the cia are among the most dedicated, courageous, selfless, and hard working indivi
to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> president obama said hagel, a republican, quote, represents a bipartisan tradition that we need more of i
will not be able to be fulfilled and meet those obligations . >> a recent pentagon report shows that one of afghan army 23 brigades was able to operate without military support from the u.s. or nato. you expect it to improve by 2014? >> i think the whole engagement is catastrophic and you look at the harvest of what we have done and look at sacrifices of the last 12 years now we had in afghanistan. we don't have much to show for it. we have a karzai as president . dysfunctional units that made habits . the afghan sold yirs were killing our own people and hundreds of billions later, the the fatalities and casuallies. it is it a good wor. but there is nothing good about the war. the chaos will claim afghanistan and the taliban will claim afghanistan and our work will have been for naught. >> that is it a sobering picture that you paint there. thank you for your insight. i appreciate it >> you, too. >> and rebel sitings are pressing ahead with fencive. there is a car boiming in damascus . in is follows a deadly crash. it is saying they were set off by rebels. battles in suburbs on the way to the airp
chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge8, obama said would be an outspoken advocate for severs men and women. and his business experience will help him prioritize pentagon spending cuts that everyone knows is coming. >> even though we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely guided by a our stlaj and keep the military the strongest fighting force. >> reporter: but it drew immediate fire. it was a 14-year-old commen
republicans reeling. tracie potts is live in washington this morning with more on how his pentagon and cia nominations could prompt the next big fight on capitol hill. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, we could hear more about that here today. chuck hagel bringing up concerns from democrats and republicans. and as for john brennan, we're seeing the aclu and others speak out about that nomination. protests outside the white house questioning whether john brennan spoke out loudly enough against controversial interrogation tactics. that's why brennan dropped out last time he was considered to head the cia. this time, he's courting both sides. >> although i consider myself neither a republican nor a democrat, i very much look forward to working closely with those on both sides of the aisle. >> reporter: but brennan's confirmation may not be as tough as chuck hagel's for secretary of defense. >> mr. president, i'll always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> reporter: he backed some cuts at the pentagon, an issue congress will deal with next month. >> as a successful business
the pentagon that my unit would be deployed as certain vacation point in south carolina. but the patrol was stay in place so it became part of pentagon lower, and long, literally that's your question, with the was it. >> the fact that you selected your particular team. as you know, working in disasters around the world after the time in vietnam with the u.s. military and the u.n., i've never seen as situation where the unit commander is actually pick the right people. >> i did, yes. >> i don't believe that exists in the war. >> the go to the first sergeant and say this is my assignment. please select. because they knew more than i did. in the head of italian to pick from. so there'll to get some brega people. generally they did their duty. nearly lost they're cool. we had one hour to close to my closed incidents thereafter in front of the cafeteria. well they hated the marshals, the deputy marshals, the civilians running around in blue suits, they had regard for us because we wore uniform, part of the tradition of the south, and patriotism first. so the did not give us too much trouble,
would hit. that would affect the pentagon and the pentagon size, the consequences were much more unfavorable for the g.o.p. than for democrats, which is why republicans had very little leverage to win this moring a, i think it remarkable they got out of it in as good shape as they did. lou: i would never disturb a positive outlook. i have to say, i think somehow, when we end up withs there are your trillion added to national debt, and we have round two coming at us with the president and speaker saying in a will never negotiate over a debt ceiling again, you have to wonder who the future holds. >> the problem is, the republicans control the house of representative the. the democrats control the senate. democrats control the white house. and democrats are on opposed to all of the things that republicans want to do. lower taxes, and by and large, reduce spending and reform entitlements, reform the tax code in a way that revenue neutral, they don't want to do those, they and they have two-thirds of of the three-legged stool in their control that limits what republicans can hope to d
on spending, taxes, immigration, foreign policy all loom in the weeks and months ahead. former pentagon official, former reagan political director joining yes. pulitzer prize-winning journalist among our guests tonight. joining us to assess what could be a contentious road ahead for the president's national-security nominees to my katie mcfarland has held national security posts under three presidents and a fox these national security analyst and a pulitzer prize-winning journalist judith miller. let's begin with you. the nomination here of brennan and, of course, of hegel catching some, well, this -- by surprise despite the fact that their names have been proffered for some time. >> the jewish community, representatives have let the president know they do not like this appointment. there is to not to do it, but now what is done. many of them starting to fall in line saying, it is done. some will continue to oppose, but at this point you have to assume that senator hegel stands a good chance of being confirmed lou: : first to brennan, he has been purged of whatever his sins were under t
. the current one is james clapper and he is a military man from the pentagon. under him, there were others. there were also others that had intelligence roles. but now it is our primary agency and it will become even more crucial if you have seen zero dark 30, even though i think a few aspects aren't accurate. it shows the roles that were played in identifying the courier and there are critics. >> yes. >> senator john mccain is one. he says that he wants to take a closer look at the interrogations policies under the bush administration. including john brennan's involvement in them. >> guest: i applaud him. he has been saying forever for so long as to why this is important. and he is right, in my view. i think we should look at interrogation policies and drone policies and john brennan before this nomination. he asked to talk about the legal framework around the policy. drones are tool and a lot of our foreign policy needs to be defense. and one of the things i hope you will do is take a fresh look at the paramilitary part of the mission that should be with the pentagon, which has an except
and selflessness. i'll always do my best. i doll my best for our country for those i represent at the pentagon and for all our citizens. and, mr. president, i'll always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >>> so with the main controversy swirling around hagel and his record on issues like iran and israel, he chose unusually to defend himself in an interview with his hometown newspaper the lincoln star journal. he told the paper "the distortions about my record have been astounding." he added, "there's not one shred of evidence that i'm anti-israel." >> john brennan spent 25 years in the cia before he became the president's chief counter-terrorism adviser working inside the white house. the president considered brennan for the same job after he first got elected in 2008. brennan withdrew his name from consideration after he got associated with the enhanced interrogation techniques that had been used during the bush administration. charges brennan denied. over the past several years, brennan has been instrumental in expanding the administration's use of drone strikes fwens terror targe
nearborn featured in one of the pentagon's recruiting commercials. >> boxing those up, getting those out today. >> reporter: but what he has been doing for two years in this vast, unheated warehouse in oakland, california, has provided crucial supplies for thousands of men and women in uniform and in harm's way. trauma kits and stretchers. ballistic eye protection. and tarps to repair ripped tents. spare parts for a failing generator that would have taken months for the regular supply chain to provide. >> this generator powers their communications, their intelligence, their daily operations, everything. we're literally able to ship it to them within 72 hours. >> reporter: it all started when one of nearborn's marine pals deployed to afghanistan and asked for some needed items. nearborn sent them. word got around through e-mails and a new website there was an outfit called troops direct that could bypass the usual military red tape and get you what you and your unit needed pronto. like this sergeant who told us via skype from afghanistan that nearborn had shipped plumbing supplies for clo
at the time of leadership changes at the c.i.a. state dent and pentagon. from washington peter bergen cnn national security analyst and author of man hunt the ten year search of bin laden from 9/11 and from new york delaware mark bowden he is author of the finish and the killing of osama bin laden. i want to talk large before we get to specifics. i'll start with you peter bergen. what do you believe about torture as a way to get information that's vital to the united states national security interest at the moment or longer. >> generally speak it's unethical and counterproductive. i'll give you how torture got us involved in the iraq war to a large degree. a guy was tortured by the egyptian security service and told them a bunch of baloney about al-qaeda being trained by saddam hussein. that edged up as a key part of colin powell's -- to the iraq war. it's not only unethical and counterproductive, it can produce misinformation and in this case costly misinformation. >> rose: therefore under no circumstances should it be used? >> yes. i mean it's sort of a principle lesson in civilization
, for those are represented at the pentagon, and for all our citizens. >> if confirmed as director, i will make my mission to ensure the cia has the tools it needs to keep our nation safe and that its work always reflects the liberties, the freedoms, and the values that we hold so dear. >> senator hagel has faced criticism from rightwing foes over his positions on israel and dealing with iran, as well as from progressive critics for making day -- denigrating comments in 1998 about gays in government, for which only recently apologized. some democrats have joined republicans in opposing him over his refusal to back unconditional support for israeli government policies. on monday, the ranking democrat at the house foreign affairs committee, eliot engel of new york, said he believes chuck hagel has a tictac endemic hostility toward israel." brennan was a rumored pick for the job when obama was first elected in 2008, but was forced to withdraw from consideration amidst protests over his role at the cia under the bush administration. brennan has publicly supported the cia's policies of so-
that makes me chuckle that the comment that the pentagon is bloated in its spending. >> right. lori: as he approaches sequestration, meant to be punitive defense spending cuts how is all that going to sort out? >> i think it is one of the questions the republicans in particular have, the question whether or not this is the time to bring that kind of history of criticism of the pentagon and spending, particularly when facing automatic spending cuts that will comprise, even though it is only 1/20th of the spending of the federal government it will comprise 50% of the cuts that is inconvenient. that could be a problem but the president, to his credit, is pushing forward and i say his credit, not supporting or, you know, or criticizing hagel's nomination but i think it is important for any president to stand up to move forward what he thinks is the nomination of the appropriate person to serve as head of one of these departments. melissa: you say the criticism rings hollow. do you think it will not stick? it is only here at the on set and will beers oweser than it looks? >> for example, the th
, if you like, leaving no troops behind in afghanistan. what's the pentagon think of that and a lot of these people say that really complaint hean'. >> i would say at this point everything is probably still on the table, but you're right, that number zero definitely raise some had eyebrows inside the pentagon. in fact during a press conference yesterday, leon panetta said the stronger position that we take about staying committed and staying in afghanistan, you know, that's how we're going to ultimately get a political reconciliation. in other words, he felt that signaling that the u.s. may pull out all of its troops would weaken the negotiating position about those negotiations with the taliban ever got started again. now, the taliban, that's been one of their demands. all u.s. troops leave afghanistan after 2014. and there are some who feel the white house 234r0floated this io sort of, you know, lay the ground work to get some perhaps concessions on some other issues that are important to the white house. in other words, more of a negotiati negotiati negotiating ploy. >> it's been
at the congressional budget office. fantastic career in national security. as noted, comptroller of the pentagon today. one of the top officials, eadviser to the secretary of defense in all matters financial, not only in terms of building budgets and trying to execute them and execute efficiencies and reforms within the defense budget. bob has a long career in national security. he was navy officer at the beginning of his career. he worked for the center for naval analysises, worked for the logistics institute and he was my boss to congressional budget office during the period -- well, for a number of years, but including during the period when the berlin wall has just come down and we are were building a post-colored -- post cold war military. bob was the comptroller of the air force during the clinton administration and has also been the executive director of the american society of military comptrollers so join me in welcome us one of my favorite defense budget experts, robert hale. [applause] >> good morning. how is everybody doing? good. listen, i'm glad to be here, for a number of ropes. one of
hagel has not, so far, been nominated for the top pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice would he give to the president. >>
from the pentagon and our commanders on the ground in terms of what that would look like. and when we have more information about that, i will be describing that to the american people. >> woodruff: in november, the u.s. and afghanistan started negotiations on a so-called "bilateral security agreement" to govern any future american military role. u.s. officials have insisted that any troops who do stay must have legal protection, as the president said again today. >> we have arrangements like this with countries all around the world, and nowhere do we have any kind of security agreement with a country without immunity for our troops. >> woodruff: in turn, karzai said now that the transition is being expedited, the immunity question may no longer be a sticking point. >> i can go to the afghan people and argue for immunity for u.s. troops in afghanistan in a way that afghan sovereignty will not be compromised, in a way that afghan law will not be compromised. >> woodruff: back in kabul, the questions of whether u.s. troops remain, and how many and under what conditions, have divided afg
to figure out a way to cut the pentagon budget, something he has been very clear has been bloated. this is something that don rumsfeld tried and failed to do. it's something that bob gates tried and failed to do in any serious way. and now, given the budget pressures, this is going to be the moment for performance. >> rose: a couple of points, i guess. rumsfeld would argue that we had a big war came along and bob gates would argue that in the end he did cut it somewhat. >> somewhat. but if you look at the total national security budget, charlie, which would be not just the pentagon but also the intelligence agencies, homeland security, it's basically doubled since the 9/11 attacks. >> rose: and weapons systems you don't really need in the judgment of many people other than those people who represent the districts where they're located. >> leftovers from the cold war and, remember, the president himself came in supported by chuck hagel on this point with the thought that there was a moment here to really build down on the nuclear force. and so far they have not been able to do that
picking this guy for the job he needs done at the pentagon, but i do recognize their tactics. they're the same ones they used to push the war in iraq. they say they don't like something he said, hagel did, 14 years ago about a gay man being put up for ambassador. i don't like it either, but, a, it was 14 years ago, and, b, i don't think it's got anything to do with why the hawks are opposing him. since when is the right wing of this country so caring for gay rights? as bill clinton would say, give me a break. and this isn't about israel's security any more than it's about ours. the right wants a hawk at defense for all occasions. someone with an itchy trigger finger who has always got a country lined up to go to war with, iraq, afghanistan, iraq again, libya, syria, iran. sorry, the guy you lined up to be president would have picked a person you'd want as defense chief, a real genuine hawk, but mitt romney lost, didn't he? he lost. so keep firing off those anti-hagel columns and editorials, my right wing brothers, and don't worry, you won't get hurt. it's why they don't give you pu
for the pentagon job. general, welcome. thank you very much. >> nice to be with you. thank you. >> tell me why you think chuck hagel is the right person for this job despite all the controversy that has been raised about what he said about israel in the past and iran in the past, criticisms of some of his other statements certainly the statements about gay americans. >> i think for two, maybe three reasons. first of all, he is a very solid, sound thinker. he has been involved in these matters for decades. he comes at decisions by analysis. not by a mee jerk support for this philosophy or that, but what is best for the united states. that's a wonderful attitude, and i think he and john kerry have similar points of view, and they'll be a good team. but, secondly, he is -- he would be the first secretary of defense to have served as an enlisted man in the trenches. from uso to veterans administration, he understands the political and human problems in a way that no other secretary has. >> do you think that he has the experience and the skill to get his arms around that pentagon bureaucracy and all th
alone in a place far from home. give some thought to the possibility they'd like to have a pentagon chief who knows just what that's like. and that's "hardball for now," thanks for being with us. the ed show with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening and welcome to new york. the republicans are whining about the president's choice for defense secretary. tonight a reminder of who won the election and why this is the perfect guy. let's get to work. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. >> president obama nominates chuck hagel as defense secretary, and conservatives are fuming. >> positions that he has taken over the years will be, i think very much a matter of discussion. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> if hagel is nominated, it is very difficult to imagine circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> admiral joe sestak and richard wolffe are here on the road to confirmation and what this could mean for defense cuts. >>> republicans are coming out for the government shutdown. >> you think that's
that will face the president. picks to run the pentagon and the cia. that's if they make it through the senate gauntlet. >>> this morning we'll meet one of the faces of the gop. freshman congressman tom cotton of arkansas. got a big crowd of conservatives. grinning from ear to ear already about his future in his party. >>> and richard nixon would have turned 100 years old today if he were still alive. find out how his legacy is still trying to get shaped by his supporters and why he might be the most consequential american politician in the last half century. good morning from washington. it's wednesday, january 9th, 2013. this is the daily rundown. i'm chuck todd. right to my first reads of the morning. the end of the month deadline provides president biden's task force on gun violence to present its proposals is quickly approaching. today biden, cabinet members and senior staff kick off a series of meetings with what the white house describes as stake holders in this debate aimed at trying to produce a consensus or proposals to curb gun violence. today biden meets with victims groups and gun
the pentagon. he slammed the door on debt ceiling negotiations demanding congress raise it without drama and says he's ready to be tough on gun control but remember the president doesn't have to worry about re-election ever again. so expect his second term agenda to look a lot like this. full of overtures to the base which criticized him over the last four years for caving to republicans. to help decipher what to expect in the next four years, we start with nbc's peter alexander outside of the white house and "the washington post" david nakamura. peter, look, you could describe the first term and the first few months since being re-elected as a confident obama. making bold cabinet picks. laying out a very ambitious agenda, adding gun legislation to the docket or you could describe it as almost confident. you know, he backed away from the susan rice pick. he gave in on taxing the top income earners at the rate he wanted. and so far he's really just tiptoed kind of cautiously around gun control. so this a confident obama based on the agenda you're seeing or a caution one? >> reporter: focu
, but the blowback on the ground is something that -- can be furious and last friday i was at the pentagon talking to the joint chiefs legal advisor who we talked about this at length. one of the things that they try to do as they analyze and propose strike, what's the blowback going to be. >> on the ground. >> on the ground. you can hit a guy in the house, but if all the neighbors -- if that causes them to go join the taliban, you know, you have taken a big step backwards. he was trying to persuade me that they pay attention to that when they're looking at a proposed strike, but the problem is how can do you that from washington? very, very difficult. the evidence so far is in yemen, for example, enormous blowback. you know, the analysis that i've seen is that we've caused more harm than good there. >> ben, i wonder, the other -- there is blowback regionally, but there has been such a lack of discussion here, and i remember the "new york times" kill list story that raised hackles in the administration. mr. obama is the liberal law professor who campaigned against the iraq war and torture and then
of the pentagon. josh rogan at foreign policy first breaking the news on the nomination and noting in the same breath all the republican senators that are against the nomination. john cornyn saying he can't support chuck hagel because he has a, quote, problem with israel. senator dan coates said chuck hagel has had so much disrespect for the military which is a pretty rich thing to say about a veteran. he would lack experience he would need for the job. senator mccain says his colleague barely even counts as a republican. senator mark kirk says he is, quote, concerned about mr. hagel. mr. hagel also faces opposition from the democratic side for the time back in 1998 when he opposed an ambassador nominee for being what mr. hagel described at the time openly aggressively guy, for which he finally apologized last month. there is also opposition to a lesser extent just because chuck haguele is a republican. this is not ideological opposition. it's partisan. but in the technical sense of that. why is it that democratic presidents always appoint republicans to run the pentagon, but republican presid
they did that deal, they kicked the cuts -- the cuts in the pentagon and the human services $1.2 trillion down the road for two months, so there may yet be a ton of spending cuts. that's what i'm hoping for, and i think -- i think the suggestion that there's got to be some significant pentagon spending cuts is exactly right. it hasn't been done for about 30 years and a lot of money in the pentagon budget is not asked for by the military, by congress people who have plants in their districts so, you know, there's a lot of room for cutting here. i agree with that. >> why aren't we doing any cuting? it seems like the -- >> nobody has the nerve. >> constantly surrounds tax increases, but even this, you know, with the top dems sending this letter to the president saying we believe that you've got to be willing to make -- take steps to ensure america doesn't break the promises and do not negotiate over the debt ceiling, it's all about, you know, stick to your way and don't negotiate. how come we're not just admitting what the issue is and just coming up with spending cut ideas? >> because nobod
. >>> reporter: president obama announced his picks for the next heads of the pentagon and the cia. now they need congressional approval before they can get to work. >> we need to get moving quickly on this. >> reporter: senator chuck hagel is the nominee for secretary of defense. a former enlisted man and vietnam vet, the president says hagel can relate personally to america's troops. >> to this day, chuck bears the scars and the shrapnel from battles he fought in our name. >> reporter: but winning confirmation won't be easy. some of hagel's former senate colleagues call him hostile toward israel and soft on iran. >> i'm waiting for an explanation. i want him to make the case as to why he should be the secretary of defense. >> reporter: confirmation hearings here on capitol hill are expected to be easier for another nominee, john brennan, the president's pick to head the cia. still, looking at his 25 years at the spy agency, some object to the brennan pick. >> if you tuned in here, obama, listen to what i'm about to say. >> reporter: a small group
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pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice would he give to the president. >> suarez: hagel has also taken fire from gay rights advoc
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a working dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton and he visited the pentagon where he was greeted by defense secretary panetta and other top military officials. sources say karzai arrived with a wish lit of military equipment including drones and helicopters and other hardware to ensure afghanistan security when nato forces leave at the end of next year. >> frigid out there when you are outside and you need the heater on in the car. >> what a way to wake up. >> what are we facing? >> colder temperatures this morning and colder tomorrow morning. outside i will show what you is going on, a little frost out there driving into work. my thermometer was down to 28 in san ramon valley. from the east bay hills, it is clear. live doppler 7 hd shows a lack of radar but there are a few high clouds right this. that is also helping to keep the temperatures up a little bit in the north bay and across san francisco. as you head toward the ocean you can see that is where a few of the radar returns are but they are few and far between and they will stay up to the north today. as far as the tempera
to throw down the gauntlet over his pick to lead the pentagon. >>> growing outrage over a case involving an alleged sexual assault and members of a high school football team. it's attracting national attention while tearing one small town apart. >>> follow the money. one was supposed to avert financial disaster, the other, aid victims of sandy. so, why were these urgently passed bills loaded with hundreds of millions for everything from hollywood and nascar to rummakers and algae growers? >>> and british invasion. it's happening tonight and the excitement is building. >> when i'm with her, i'm reminded of the virtues of the english. >> isn't she american? >> exactly. >> lords and ladies across america preparing for the highly anticipated return of "downton abbey." >>> good evening. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defens
-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel. >> reporter: a purple heart veteran wounded in vietnam is a moderate republican who criticized the iraq troop surge, opposed unilateral sanctions against in and once said being gay inhibits effectiveness. >> he apologized for it. >> reporter: republicans call him a controversial in your face pick. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense will be the most an antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of israel. >> reporter: we'll see the wind down of troops in afghanistan. republicans are planning to throw him tough questions and pledging to be fair stop short of saying they would block this nomination. no word yet on when those confirmations now for both nominees will actually happen here on the hill. >> thank you. president obama signed a bill into law to pay for $9.7 billion in flood insurance claims in new york, new jersey and connecticut. this is for victims who were battered by hurricane sandy two months ago. another bill is expected to be voted on next we
forces will be in the lead, no longer u.s. forces. as our pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski reminds me, they will still very much be in harm's way in afghanistan and the contentious question of how many troops wil be left behind by the united states after 2014 is still very much the subject of negotiations, more on all of this tonight, on nbc nightly news with brian williams and on "meet the press" on sunday, my guest, colin powell talking about the war and other foreign policy issues on the president's second term. until then, have a good afternoon, i'm david gregory in washington. >>> it has been dubbed the most technologically advanced airliner in the skies, but this morning, new concerns as federal officials announce an investigation into boeing 787 dreamliner, hear how boeing is responding. >>> that didn't stop the celebration as san jose welcomed its first dreamliner flight this morning. what the new flight means for silicon valley, you're watching nbc bay area news. >>> good morning, and thanks for being with us, i'm lara. >>. and john kelly is off today. it has been
country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served in vietnam twice wounded and twice decorated. he had friends who got their heads blown off. he criticized the handling of the iraq war calling it -- >> the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam. >> the tv campaign against him started when his nomination was just a rumor. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> opponents claim he is anti- israeli, even anti-semitic. he once opposed the appointment of an ambassador, criticized -- criticizing him for being openly, aggressively gay. >> good morning. how are you? >> he says critics have distorted his cues. -- his views. >> i like chuck hagel. he is out of the mainstream of thinking on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> he has lined up another conflict with congress. >> for more on today's announcement, i will speak with the chief washington correspondent for the new york times. he is the author of confront and conceal. thank you for coming in. what is it abo
nebraska senator chuck hagel, a republican, as his next pentagon topper. he would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. he's got the support of national security figures, but his senate confirmation is now shaping up to be a testy battle. republican senators suggested they'll challenge their former colleague on his tough record. he has opposed sanctions against iraq. >>> on the sunday morning hagel's critics, including li lindsey graham will louder than his backers. >> i expect that the president to nominate people different than i would think, i'm going to vote for senator kerry, i think he's very much in the main stream of thought. chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonist secretary of defense. he has long severed ties with his party. this is an in your face nomination by the president. >> senator hagel has some criticism on the left. whether he questioned an openly gay nominee by president clinton was fit enough to represent the united states. >> who will. be the best job in helping to secure america? >> anything to disqualify
to the pentagon. >> someone who has seen combat, spilled blood of enemies in combat. it would be great for so many of the hawks to develop their think tanks. he is demanded independence of conscience. he has been a very loyal republican. the pointy criticized was president bush on the iraq war -- >> after voting for it. >> and after suggesting richard perle may want to lead the first combat and to baghdad. when you see someone like jim jones, brent, of bill: coming out in favor, i think that is good support. >> it is interesting how the centrist, a moderately conservative foreign policy establishment has rushed to his defense. when people who signed a letter for him was embassador pickering. >> i am getting a lot of unsolicited mail discussing chuck hegel's relationship with israel. i see no evidence of it, but there is a public strain their being discussed. that has to be dealt with. >> i know this is a political show, but i'm not leaving this chair without a word about rg3. >> we've got to win. that's all that matters. when it is on the line, the redskins will step up. >> revenue griffin iii, th
karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that are you providing, be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said and he karzai good progress but declined to say if they agreed on the size of u.s. forces that will remain in afghanistan. the united states currently has 6
be pentagonal and you can build on top of it, an upper altar with that type of architect and you can have a walkway over the top, but the porn part -- important part is sto have the external structures stabilize to the seismic retrofit. if you look at it that way, you retain the elegance of the high [inaudible] and you also keep the work that's already in progress. i'd like to see it more incorporated into it and if they want to do a palace, that's what the marina green is for. >> thank you. >> paul? >> good morning, my name is paul manning, i'm a vice chairman of the harbor tenant's association and i was also part of the advisory commitment with the early stages of getting the renovation completed or planned and moving forward, i'm happy to see it has come forward in quite a good way, i'm getting close to the point where it's almost done, we're about to declare it complete, however, there are a number of security issues that are not addressed in the internal plan allowing people to basically freely walk about the docks, tripping, getting in with a pocket knife, you can get in within the
that the pentagon purchased 5,000 copies. let me finish it. and it's for counter intelligence training, 101 and mandatory reading for they're course encounter intelligence. this is in tan sa any a. i went there when i was three years old and my father founded a medical center and my mother started a school. it was a wonderful childhood. i went to school with children from two dozen countries. with jews and christians and hindus and for me that was the way the world was. finally it came time to come back to america. i was in high school and really looking forward to coming back to a place whether i heard about fourth of jewels lies anulies . i got beat up. they said you're not from america. it wasn't in africa that i learned about racism but here in united states. we were completely broke and i did something real unpopular at the time. four days after high school i joind the united states army. not only to serve my country but to get the,gi bill to continue my education. then i saw young men and women from all across america. from farms and ranches and it matedm made me realize the strength
to protecting our country. >> if confirmed he would replace leon panetta at the pentagon. brennan will fulfill the john patreus left after admitting to an extramarital affair. >> hilly clinton proved -- hillary clinton proved she could take a joke. she spent a few days in the hospital for a blood clot near her brain discovered after she fell she got a jersey with the number 12, the number of countries she visited as secretary of state. >> you think it is cold outside? >> cool. >> paul says it is nothing. >> high-def doppler showing dry conditions because of a big area of high pressure that will move overhead tomorrow, sunshine in 2 afternoon. that l above the gulf of alaska is the source of cold air that will be moving in later this week. >>> a bay area landmark was swept out to sea. [ audio difficulty ] we are all reflections of the people who came before us. the good they did inspires us, prepares us and guides us. at new york life everything we do is to help you keep good going. executive chairman eric schmidt arrived there today with former >>> t
the nomination. >> this is an in your face proposal. i don't know his experience regarding the pentagon. >> the president also announced the pick for next cia director, john brennan. that's more ahead on the cbs evening news. here's what we're working on the for the 6:00 news. a break in a bay area cold case. a woman murdered in a soup per market nearly 20 years ago. >>> one man's unusual excuse for getting out of a ticket. those stories and much more tonight at 6:00. paul, one more look at the weather. rain in the forecast. >> rain in the forecast but not until wednesday. we'll enjoy a springlike day tomorrow. it will be a foggy start. up in the 60s tomorrow afternoon, lots of sunshine. here comes the shower activity wednesday. after that, it's going to be chilly. down to 1500 feet snow level, high 50s for the highs. partly sunny. the weekend looks good low to mid-50s, partly sunny sky. not arctic but for the bay area, that's chilly. >> don't put away the coats or rain jackets. >> or the scarfs or the smart fork. don't do that. >>> thank you fo
at the plea deal for the former marine who admitted to shooting at the pentagon and other military buildings. no one hurt in those shootings. under the deal, the 25-year-old would spend his next 25 years behind bars. but the defense attorneys say after the plea deal was cut, that the government doctors diagnosed him with mental illness and they want a judge to consider that new information. >>> afghan president is in town to talk about the transition of his nation's security from u.s. to afghan control. today he met separately with defense secretary and secretary of state hillary clinton. tomorrow he's scheduled to meet with president obama. >>> well there is a war of sorts between virginia and maryland over just where that new fbi headquarters should be located. as peggy fox reports today, northern virginia brought out the big guns, some federal state and local leaders all who want to bring the agency to the old dominion. >> reporter: it's rare to see a diverse group like this in one place saying the same thing. >> we all worked together on this, we are a team. >> reporter: there was libera
the pentagon will be forced to make budget cuts -- >> which is to hollow out the defense force of this nation. >> reporter: defense contractors in the washington area solve military problems -- >> ground penetrating radar provides an image into the ground that you can recognize very explosive hazards. >> reporter: this company in virginia makes the device but there's now a company hiring freeze with much new development on hold. >> we're totally in an uncertain place. >> reporter: steve charles is cofounder of this company in mclean. >> we actually are growing. we've expanded. we have continued to grow. but if there is a shutdown that would be an abrupt stop. >> reporter: could people lose their jobs? >> absolutely. certain contractors have contracts that expire in this february, march, april time frame. and the government will not be in a position to award new contracts. >> reporter: and given the recent congressional track record -- >> we really have no choice but to prepare for the worst. >> reporter: not bad advice for any concern that does business with the federal government. the uncert
don lemon why his organization thinks hagel is the wrong man for the pentagon's top job. >> this is a guy who's going to be in charge of ensuring implementation of open service takes place, he has a negave record on that, and i'm not just talking about one comment he made toward a former nominee, ambassador hormel. when it comes to iran, very weak. left of president obama when it comes to economic sanctions or imposing sanctions on tehran to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. and finally, not strong on nuclear weapons with israel. regardless of where you lie, pick your poison, it's a perfect storm for why he should not be secretary of defense. to use an army ka locloak weali he's a no go. >> he's independent, has wonderful fresh ideas to try to reengage the discussion about the middle east. i've known him before he went -- he was interested before he ran for the senate to learn more from me, grew up in israel and it was an amazing relationship, it started developing in the last 20 years, and i think that i support him wholeheartedly. >>> coming up at the half hour
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the pentagon, this apparent pick despite many indications that the g.o.p. maverick would face a rocky confirmation hearing. the former two term senator from nebraska has a history of blunt statements including a reference to the jewish lobby as intimidating force on capitol hill that will likely draw fresh, and openly pai ambassador as quote, aggressively gay and hormel says that the apology was sent to the news media and not to him. and hagel has at times resisted imposition of sanctions against iran for the ren grade nuclear program and balked sometimes efforts to designate hezbollah a terrorist group. >> i do have serious concerns about his position that he's stated on israel, and some of the statements he's made in the past, as well as his positions on iran and i think that those are issues that have been addressed if he is nominated and comes before the senate armed services committee. i plan to vigorously question him on prior statements and those positions in particular. >> supporters say hagel's infantry service in vietnam where he was awarded two purple hearts, among other de
. would they look back when asked to attack? the pentagon is considering whether they will be infantry troops. they showed little interest in battle zone jobs. smos believing they would be able to fight on the front line. in 2012 they asked them to go to infantry officer training. and only two volunteers and -- volunteered and they both cleared the course. the job i want to do in the military does not include combat arms. it is a choice to join combat arms and it should be a personal decision not a required one. the views mirrored in other surveys done in the 90s were 900 army women polled, and it felt the issue was pushed by, quote, feminists. let's go to red eye's pentagon screaming sheep. >> he would be arguing on the piers morgan show. tune in for that. diane, don't you believe the defense department should forget women in combat? >> open the position up to women, but they will have to fulfill whatever requirements are required of men to do it. if that means no women pass the test, then no women get to be on the front line. >> i am surprised about this though. i always thought, and
would be a perfect fit at the pentagon. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand as allies and as friends. as a successful businessman he know os even as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> hagel would be the first enlisted soldier from the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. he earned two purple hearts and saved his wounded brother. some republicans are concerned hagel won't be enough of a defender of pentagon spending. >> the fact of the matter is i fear he is going to try to use senator hagel as a foil to pursue this hollowing out of the military that secretary panetta has raised concerns about by the draconian cuts and the is a questions teresa payton. >> hagel would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agency use of water boarding and so called enhanced in tare gation techniques which eight time he said he o
pentagon cutting and what i was saying in the piece today is that just because the sequestration cuts are bad doesn't mean that the defense budget is sacrosanct. it can be cut by a significant amount. >> neil: it would help the republicans make the argument we are open for cutting spending for things we hold dear and you should be open to cutting spending for things you hold dear. this doesn't seem to resonate in an atmosphere where there is no cutting going on period. >> the leading budget hawk who talk about this, basically they say back in 2007 the height of the iraq war the troop surge was going on, a very expensive proposition. the base pentagon budget was $431 billion and that did not count the cost of the wars in iraq and afghanistan but the base was 43 $431 billion. today the base is $551 billion. people are saying why should it be so much more today than it was in the peak war years of 2007. to get back to the 2007 spending levels would require significant cuts. >> neil: real quickly, are they going to resolve this before the 11th hour? >> i think they will. there is bipartis
alerts on the wire services. the pentagon just come out talking about how they would cut in case they did come up to this debt limit, because it's going to affect everyone in the country, and for that matter, around the world. >> and if you're a business or even a huge organization like the pentagon, you can't wait until the last minute and say, oh, we got to cut 50 billion? ust take that out tomorrow. doesn't work that way there are a lot of big companies -- ceos pulling their hair out, investors and wall street analysts don't know what to think. will the money be in the budget? flowing into the economy? it's a huge decision. a disgrace it has to go down to the last second but that is what we have gotten used to with this group in washington. >> shepard: we certainly have. thank you. >>> researchers took a close look at junior seaus a brain after hi killed himself, and what they found shows just how much damage his years in the nfl may have done. here we go. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium
the pentagon will start taking steps to freeze hiring and scaled back spending amid what he calls a perfect storm of budget unis certainty. they cannot make any long-range plans because congress hasn't passed the appropriations bill for 2013. pentagon spending is frozing at last year's levels. sequestration to the tune of half a trillion dollars over ten years are set to start in march unless congress does something and secretary panetta is not pleased. >> we no have idea what the hell is going to happen. all tolled, this uncertainty if left unresolved by the congress will seriously harm our military readiness. >> shepard: defense officials already ordered the air force and the navy to cancel maintenance on its aircraft and ships. but secretary panetta says he has asked defense leaders to ensure that any moves they make now should be reversible if at all possible. >>> the president today welcomed hamid karzai to the house to discuss the future of our longest war in which more than 3,000 americans and allied military personnel have been killed. the president said all forces in afghanistan wi
of state, hillary clinton yesterday. he also visited the pentagon where he was greeted by defense secretary panetta. sources say karzai arrived with a wish lit of military equipment including drones and helicopters and other hardware to ensure afghan security when nato forces leave at the end of next year. >> 5:45. check in flights higher at the super bowl gets closer. >> and the job a at american express which is cutting 5,400 jobs scheduled to take place this year mostly in travel services as consumers increasingly book online. and the pentagon is authorizing senior managers to freeze fan hiring and cut travel and dismiss temporary workers because of spending cuts that could kick in if congress and the president do not agree on a deficit reduction plan by march. >> looks like it will cost you more to host the super bowl party. chicken wing prices hitting all-time high on rising prices of corn feed because of last year's midwest drought. if you are going for a job interview, you will be asked more than where you went to college and why you want do work for a company. employers are turning
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clinton at the state department. karzai made a visit to the pentagon this morning received with full honors of secretary of defense panetta. karzai met with top military officials before touring the pentagon memorial with the defense secretary. the visit concludes tomorrow with a highly anticipated meeting with the president at the white house. >>> and still ahead, we're learning new details about nfl player junior sayeh's death and the disease he was suffering from before his suicide. did it play a role in his death? >>> plus, new liberal support for congressman barney frank after the retiring democrat makes it clear he wants, well, he wants to temporarily fill john kerry's soon to be vacated senate seat. >>> and be sure to check out the "news nation" tumbr page. this photograph is of someone hiding from the cold. we ask you, can you guess who's behind the blanket? the answer is at the bolt tom of the screen to the left. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... p
karzai is at the pentagon meeting with outgoing defense secretary leon panetta. a pentagon spokesperson said the two will discuss a broad range of issues concerning afghanistan's future as part of a busy week for the afghan head of state. tonight he meets with secretary of state hillary clinton before meeting with president obama tomorrow. >>> and in about 30 meant, vice president joe biden will host gun rights' owners and advocates as part of his gun control task force. the nra has other gun owner groups and sportsmen all headed to the white house. >>> walmart, the nation's largest gun retailer will attend a separate hearing with attorney joan eric holder. yesterday the task force met with victims groups and gun control supporters who say that they were encouraged by the conversation the task force is expected to make its recommendations in about a month. >>> new this morning, a major announcement about the presidential cabinet. this afternoon, president obama will nominate jack lew secede timothy geithner as secretary. he's currently the white house chief of staff and budget director.
on nbcwashington.com. >>> and the pentagon is bracing for another budget battle on capitol hill taking steps to prepare to deal with billions of dollars in cuts. defense secretary leon panetta is asking his department to brace for those cuts if congress fails to reach an agreement on a final spending plan. the defense department will start freezing civilian hiring and it plans to delay awarding some contracts. and hold off on some maintenance as well. the pentagon is facing nearly a half trillion in cuts over a decade. >> and inauguration day is now just over a week away. this morning, a big change in plans. the pastor who was supposed to give the ben diction at the swearing in will no longer do so because of anti-gay comments he made 15 years ago. the reverend removed himself from the service after getting criticized for a sermon where he preached that therapy could turn gay people straight. the inauguration committee said it did not know about the sermon at the time of his selection. >>> meantime things are taking shape for the big day. it's estimated 40,000 people will pack two inaugural
before police arrived. >>> man accused of shooting into the pentagon and other military targets is scheduled to be sentenced today. his lawyers want the plea deal reviewed because he has been diagnosed as a schizophrenic. he pleaded guilty to the shootings last year and accepted a plea deal in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence. >>> the judge overseeing a preliminary hearing into the colorado theater shooting says the case can go to trial. he says there is enough evidence from james holmes. he faces up to 160 felony counts for allegedly killing 12 people and injuring 70 others and is due back in court later today for an arraignment. his lawyers say they are not ready to enter a plea. >>> the president of afghanistan has an appointment with president obama at the white house in less than an hour. karzai got a tour of the pentagon's 9/11 memorial from defense secretary panetta yesterday. last night he had dinner with secretary of state hillary clinton. this morning's meeting with president obama will focus on the future of afghanistan and u.s. troop levels there. >>> today is
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